I first recieved this email at around 1am and I thought it was a joke until I opened it in the morning.
this screams of a solution in search for a problem with a side of “we’d love to have some alternative revenue” to me.
The problem as described in the OP is to prevent obsolescence should things go tits up, ie the greatest of disaster recovery. A great ideal to see considered by the CEO and one many others wouldn’t even dare to touch with a ten foot pole.
This is a solved problem though.
There are other communities that have had to deal with this - particularly the gaming community. products are created and then abandoned or put through an incompatible upgrade path.
It’s the reason you can still create your own shard for ultima online when the game was launched 21 years ago - and it’s still going.
I don’t think complexity of self-hosting is a particularly good argument either - look at the sheer amount of children learning sysadmin functions through hosting minecraft.
One of the posters up above mentioned that it’s possible to already ‘roll your own’ control - could someone point me to that? this is an important feature for those with poor internet connectivity and people who want super secure (standalone) environments. If anything, this should be of primary focus - the community can choose who to trust that way should the worst happen.
That said - as already mentioned - there are other methods to allow a more ‘it just works’ zero-configuration model - DHT/bitorrent model.
Something unsaid here - if the tokens are basically worth anything - you’re inviting in what I’d consider an unsavory element. the mining community represents some of the worst excesses of our generation - and if there’s a way they can find to screw things up, they’ll find it.
Don’t believe me? have a look at twitter.com/buttcoin for at least some humorous examples.